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High-profile resignation rocks Turkey’s secular opposition CHP

Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party is facing a shakeup as its popular deputy chair resigns over party’s inability to effectively respond to impending new political regime.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 07:  (L-R)  Ipek Bozkurt, Selin Sayek Boke and Amberin Zaman speak onstage at The Fearless Women of Turkey during Tina Brown's 7th Annual Women In The World Summit at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on April 7, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

In the wake of Turkey’s historic April 16 referendum, the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) is facing a shakeup. The CHP’s rising star, US-educated economist Selin Sayek Boke, resigned from her positions as deputy chair and party spokesperson May 6.

Boke’s resignation announcement, shared on Twitter, read, “On April 16, at least 50% of Turkey’s voters opposed the one-man regime but their will was usurped through non-legal means,” referring to fraud allegations in the referendum. Without naming CHP chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu, Boke criticized the party’s inability to formulate an effective response to the impending new political regime in Turkey and added, “The prevalent attitude in the CHP administration, instead of strengthening the voice of the millions coalescing around democracy, has acted in a manner that casts doubt on democracy within the party.”

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